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marriage. his comments for 50 minutes >> i am proud of my team, i am proud of our members, and i am proud of you. you have made this week the success it has been for our party and our country. people have clear instructions for this government. lead us out of this economic mess. do it in a way that is fair and right. as you do it, please, build something worthwhile for us and our children. clear instructions, clear objectives, and, for me, a clear understanding that in these difficult times, it is leadership we need. to get our economy moving, to get our society working, and in
a year, the olympic year, when the world will be watching, to show everyone what great britain really means. but first, i want to say something to everyone in this hall. thank you. despite the predictions, you won elections all over our country this may. let us hear it for those great campaigns that you fought and won. [applause] and thank you for something else. in that referendum, you did britain a service and you kicked that excuse for a voting system off the political the generation of 4 -- off the political agenda for a generation. [applause]
next year, let us make sure we keep london conservative. [applause] you are not just winners, you are doers. this summer, as before, conservatives will torwanda to build classrooms to teach children, to help build businesses. social action, that is the spirit of the modern conservative party. at this conference, we have been recording audio books for the blind. i looked at the books my colleagues chose. george knew exactly what he wanted. he went straight for "the man who would be king. i am afraid boris missed out.
he chose "the joy of cycling." there was one book i chose personally. i said, can, this one is called "crime and punishment" and i want you to read it twice. i think after yesterday we should have a group reading. if you, like me cannot read this book, to your children, he helped the police to catch the burglar, that keep him in the country. -- not to keep him in the country. [laughter] [applause] this is a party and ours is a country that never asks why. earlier this year, some people said, libya, that is not our concern. do not start with you cannot finish. some people even said, arabs, they do not do democracy.
if we had stood aside this spring, people would have been massacred. do not let anyone say that this was not in our national interest, we were number -- we knew what gaddafi did, he was behind the shooting of a police officer in a london square. he was responsible for the bombing of a plane. i say, let us be proud of what we did to help the libyan people take back their country. [applause] in afghanistan today, there are many women fighting for britain as bravely as any in our history. they come from across our country. england, scotland, wales, northern ireland. they now have the equipment they need and we are on target to bring them home by the end of
2014. theirs has been a campaign of incredible courage and sacrifice. i know that everyone in this hall will want to send a message to everyone who serves and everyone who has served, to those in uniform in our armed forces and in our police, and to those not in uniform, who keep us safe from terrorism on our streets. we thank you, we salute you, we are proud of what you do for our country. [applause] leadership in the world is about the moral strength as much as about military might. a few months ago, i was in nigeria on a trade mission. while i was there, i visited a vaccination clinic. it was an experience i will never forget. it was hot, basic, the lights
kept going on and off. to the rows of wooden cuddling their babies, this was a godsend. one of the nurses told me that it was not for british aid, many of those babies would be dead. in four years' time, this country will have helped vaccinate more of the world's children then there are in the whole of england. we will make sure your money goes to people who need it most. we will do it in a way that is transparent and accountable. i really believe that in spite of all our difficulties, this is the right thing to do. it is a mark of our country and our people that we never turn our backs on the world's poorest. i believe everyone in britain can be proud of that fact. [applause] leadership in tackling tierney,
leadership in fighting poverty. when it came to that decision, to help the libyan people, there was something dispiriting about the debate here in britain. it was not that some people thought we should not do what we did, that is their right, that is a point of view. it was that so many people thought britain could not do something like that anymore. you hear that kind of pessimism, about our economic future, our social problems, that our best days are behind us. that we are on a path of certain decline. i am here to tell you that is simply not true. of course, if we sit around and hope for the best, the rest will leave us behind. if we grow our economy commend our society cannot give our children that the future we want, if we tell ourselves -- our society, give our children the future we want to but if we tell ourselves we cannot do these things, we are not going to get anywhere.
if we put in the hours, if we correct those mistakes, take on the failed ideas of the past, i know we can turn this ship around. nobody wants false optimism. i will never pretend there are short cuts to success. success will come up with the right ideas, the right approach, the right leadership. leadership to set up the direction we must take in the choices we must make. leadership from you. the things that will really deliver success are not politicians or government, it is the people of britain and the spirit of britain. some people say that to succeed in this world, we need to be more like india or china or brazil. i say, we need to be more like us. the real us. hard-working, pioneering, independent, creative, optimistic, can-do, that is the
spirit that has made this united kingdom what is, a small country that does great things. one of the most incredible success stories in the history of the world. it is a spirit that is alive and well today. i see it tanya roberts, the head teacher who started a preschool from scratch and is now oversubscribed. what is her ambition? to do it over again. that is leadership. i see it in the group of gp's who are taking control of their budget. they have the patience, some of the poorest, free treatment. that is leadership. i see it in all that we saw this summer. dan thompson, he walked the rights to unfold on television. he did not sit didhe watched the riots of gold on television. he got on the internet and he
started a social movement. people picked up their brooms and reclaim our streets. the argument i want to make today is this, leadership works. i know how tough things are. i do not underestimate how worried people feel, whether that is about making ends meet with the state of the world economy. the truth is, right now, we need to be energized, not paralyzed by gloom and fear. half the world is booming, let us sell to them. so many of our communities are thriving, let us make the rest just like them. there is so much that is great about our country. we do not have to accept that success in the sentry automatically belongs to others. we just have -- in this century automatically belongs to others. we just have to remember the people of britain taking a lead. [applause]
that is why so much of my leadership is about unleashing your leadership. giving everyone wanted a chance to seize the opportunity and the freedom to get things done. giving everyone wants to believe that the confidence that working hard and taking responsibility will be rewarded, not punished. let us reject the pessimism. let us bring on the can-do optimism. let us summon the energy and the appetite to fight for a better future for our country, great britain. [applause] now, of course, that starts with our economy. as we meet here in manchester, the threat to the world economy and to britain is as serious as
in 2008 when world recession of bloom. the eurozone is in crisis. the french and the german economy had slowed. even america has questioned about heard that. it is an anxious time -- questions about her debts. it is an anxious time. prices and bills go up. on the news is job losses, closures. you think about house prices, the cost of a deposit, you wonder how our children are going to manage. government can help and this one is, we have cut petrol duty, kept the cold-weather payments. as george said, we are going to freeze it all over again next year too. [applause]
we need to tell the truth about the overall economic situation. people understand that when the economy goes into recession times get tough, but normally, after a while, things picked up. strong growth returns. people get back into work. this time, it is not like that. people want to know why the good times are so long in coming. the answer is straightforward but uncomfortable. this was not a normal recession. this was a debt crisis. it was caused by too much borrowing by individuals, banks, businesses, and government. when you are in a debt crisis, some of the things that governments can do to deal with a recession, like borrowing to cut taxes, where increasing spending, these things will not
work because they lead to more debt which will make the crisis worse. why? because it takes higher interest rates, and less confidence, and the threat of higher taxes in the future. the only way out of a debt crisis is to deal with your pet. that is why households are paying down the credit-card. it means banks getting their books in order. it means government all over the world cutting spending and living within their means. this coalition government, conservatives and democrat, nick and i cannot we have led the way here in britain. our plan is right. our plan will work. i know that you cannot see it or feel it right now, but think of it like this, the new economy we are building, it is like building a house. the most important part is the part you cannot see, the
foundation. slowly but surely, we are laying a solid foundation for a stronger future. the vital point is this, if you do not stick with it, it will not work. there is something else. [applause] there is something else that we have to stick to. because we are not in the bureau, we can lay these foundation ourself, on our own terms, in our own way. let me say this, as long as i am prime minister, this country will never joined the bureau. -- join the euro. [applause] i will not let us be sucked
into endless bail out of countries that are euro in the either. yes, we are members of imf, and we have our responsibilities. when it comes to bailouts, my view is simple. labour got us into it and i am making sure we are getting out of it. [applause] of course, our whole deficit- reduction program is just one, a big bailout of the last labour government. we have been subjected to a national apology for labour by these past few months. sorry for sucking up to gaddafi, for question of civil liberties, for failing to go green. sorry for the infighting that made it the most difficult government in the history of our country. you know what? nothing, not a peep on the thing
they really need to say sorry for, wasting billions and billions of your money. no apology for that at all. [applause] you know what the shadow chancellor said last week? labour did not spend any more money than they had available. hello? [laughter] you spent four hundred 28 billion pounds more than you had available. there is only one conclusion you can draw from this, we must never, ever let these people near our economy ever again. [applause]
as before, it falls to us to clear up after a labour government. i have insisted we do it in a way that is fair. you cannot cover a deficit the size of ours without asking everyone to make a sacrifice. those with the most money are bearing the biggest burden. we have imposed a permanent levied on the banks, getting them to pay more every year than labour did in one year. we raised taxes on those who make their money overseas. at the same time, we have given help to the poorest and most vulnerable we are taking a million of the lowest paid people out of tax altogether. after that scandal of the rays of pensions, we are linking pensions to earnings, so other the people will be better off in their retirement. this is a one nation deficit-
reduction plan from a one nation party. [applause] my friends, there is something else that we come up with the conservatives have done. the national health service is the most precious institution in our country, it is the most precious institution to my family, to your family. the last election, it was labour policy to cut the nhs. it was our policy, a conservative policy, to protect these nhs and spend more on it this year, next year, and the year after that, because we are the party of the nhs and that is the way it is going to stay. [applause]
real fairness is not just about what the state spends, it is about the link between what you put in and what you get out. as we debate what people get from the state, let us remember how we generate the taxes in the first place. to the unions planning to strike over pensions, i say this, you have every right to protest, but our population is aging, our public sector pension system is unaffordable, the only way to get public sector workers a decent pension system, which i want to, and to do right by the taxpayer, is to ask public servants to work a little longer and pay a little more. that is fair. what is not fair, what is not right, is going on strike and hitting the very people that are helping to pay for your future pension.
[applause] dealing without debts, that is line 1, clause 1, of our plan for growth. we need jobs. we are not going to get jobs by growing government, we need to go out businesses. here is our growth plan. it is to -- need to grow our businesses. here is our growth plan, to do everything we can to help businesses grow. we will back up and cut regulations. where that means investment, we will invest. what ever it takes to help our businesses take on the world, we will do it. a global economy has been transformed in recent years. it used to take companies decades to become world leaders.
now some of them do it in a few years. when you step off the plane in the dehli or lagos, you can feel the energy, the hunger. we need that here. there is too much sobbing as, we need to be a sharp, focused, can-do country. as we go for growth, the last thing i want is to pump the old economy back up with a banking sector out of control, manufacturing squeezed, and prosperity confined to a few parts of the country and a few industries. our plan is to build something new and to build something better. we can do it. look at what is happening in east london. europe does the financial capital is now matched by your's technology capital. facebook, intel, google, people
investing right here. look at what is happening across the country. the biggest jumbo jet made in wales. the most famous figures made in england. do you watch formula one? whether it is the german, the australian, with the brazilian, they all have one thing in common. when they get into their car is made here in britain. [applause] this is the new economy we must build, leading in many petri, technology, green engineering, inventing, creeping, exporting. it is easy -- creating, exporting. it is easy to talk about these things. you will not deliver it by just dividing industries into safe and a similar.
that is not just an insult to the financial insurance companies, the accountancy firms, the professional services. it is much too simplistic. i have always argued we need businesses to be more socially responsive. to get proper growth, to rebound of our economy, we have to put some important new pieces into place. we have to take action now to get credit flowing to the small businesses that are the engine of our economy. we have to reinvent the banks of a fulfilled the role of lending safely. we are setting up technology and innovation centers with scientists and academics, where they can work to turn brilliant inventions into successful products. we are encouraging enterprise and investing in high-growth areas. we are also going to have to take some controversial decisions and to challenge some vested interest. when firms need to adapt quickly, to win orders, to win
the contract, it cannot go on with the rigid, outdated implement legislation of the past. i know the critics will say, what about workers' rights? we must not forget the important worker right of all, the right to have a job in the first place. [applause] when, in modern business, you are quick or you are dead, it is hopeless that our transport infrastructure and lives so far behind. that is why we need high-speed rail and we need it the best and the fastest broadband networks in europe too. when a balanced economy needs workers with skills, we need to put an end to the old story about vocational education and training. this government is providing
funding for petitions across the country. we are not getting enough back from big business. here is a direct appeal. if you want skilled employees, we will supply the funding, we will cut the red tape. you have to show the leadership and give us the apprenticeships this country so badly needs. [applause] unlocking growth, rebalancing our economy, it also requires a change. the eu is the biggest market in the world. it has amazing potential. it is not working properly. almost every day, i see pointless new regulation coming our way. a couple of weeks ago i was up in the flat early in the morning preparing for the today's work, the wind through paperwork, i came across a directive.
you know what it was about? what the people with diabetes should be allowed to dry. what has this got to do with a market? do you think anyone is china is thinking, let us get those diabetics off the road? the eu growth plan that we published, backed by eight countries, which i want to push every meeting, council, summit, that is the alarm call. there is one more thing. our businesses need the space to grow, literally. that is one of the reasons we are reforming our planning system. it is hard to blame local people for opposing development when they get so little of the benefits. we are changing that. if a new plant is built in your area, your counsel will keep the business rate. you keep the council tax. this is a vocalist plan from a
local list party. -- localist plan from a localist party. i love our countryside, i would never put it at risk. we have to get the balance right. the portion of land in england but that is currently built up its 9%. there are businesses out there, desperate to expand, to hire thousands of people, they are stuck in our planning system. we are going to have constructive ideas about how to get that right. to those who oppose everything we do, my message is this, take your argument down to the job center because we are going to get written back to work. -- britain back to work. [applause] this new economy we are
building, it must be an economy for everyone. you know the real tragedy of labour's economy? it was that it fought so many people behind. they talked a lot of opportunity, but they pulled opportunity away. we had an education system that led hundreds of thousands of prepared for work. we had a welfare system that trapped thousands. we had an immigration system that brought in by woodworkers to do the jobs we were playing -- up british workers not to do. prices shot up. we had a government, did we have a government, that splurge back into benefits. labour who tells us they care about fairness and government.
it was labour that give us the casino economy and the welfare society. who is going to lift the poorest up? who is going to get our young people back to work? who is going to create that there're society? no, not you, the labour satiety. it will be us, the conservatives who give hope to everyone in our country. [applause] that will start with a good education for everybody. it sounds so simple proper teaching, good discipline, rigorous exams, but it is hard. it is hard because our system
has been infected by an ideology. instead of insisting on every child success, it has made excuses for failure. they say that poor kids cannot learn. black boys cannot do that well. in this community, you cannot expect too much, you must understand. i do understand. oh yes, i understand. believe me, i am disgusted by the idea that we should aim for any less from a child from a poor background and a rich one. -- than a rich one. [applause] i have contempt for the notion that we should accept narrow horizons for a black child and a white one. it is the age of the liberal left. they practice oppression and they call it equal to. -- equality. [applause]
we are fighting back. something really matters that is happening in our country. there is irrefutable proof that with the right schools, with the but freedoms and the leadership, we can transform the education of the most deprived children. you heard yesterday from that inspirational student. in a city school, almost half of the children on a free school meals, but this year, they got 5 good gcse's. that is better than the majority of state schools bought last year. some of the most affluent areas in our country. why? because the head teacher, her staff, the parent, they all rose
up and said, we are as good as anyone. other children can achieve anything. leadership works and we are going to make it work in all of our schools. [applause] we are back in morehead teachers to turn schools and academies. we want people to come into our education system and set up free schools. change is underway. for the first time in a long time, the number studying those core and the occult subjects, history, geography, are going up. people's exams will be marked on the punctuation and grammar. teachers are going to search people's bags for anything banned in schools, mobile phones, alcohol, weapons. it is a long, hard road, but my friends, we are well on our way. [applause]
here is something else we are going to do. in britain today, we do have a group of schools that are utterly intolerant of a failure, that 90% of people get fine, good gscse's. i want to see private schools but academies and sponsor academies in the state system. wellington college does it. the apartheid between private and state education is one of the biggest wasted opportunities in a country today. let it be us, the conservative party, that helped to tear it down. [applause]
rigueur back in learning, standards back in school, teachers back in control, the conservatives are back in government. [applause] an economy that works for everyone, in sorting out welfare and immigration as well. welfare began as a lifeline, but for too many it is a way of life. generation after generation, in the cycle of dependency, we are determined to break it. part of our answer is controlling immigration. we put a cap on the numbers of non-u immigrant allowed to work in our country. we must not walk out talent. i want the best and brightest scientists and students from about the world to get the red carpet treatment the bogus colleges, the fake marriages, the people arriving for a month and sting for years. the criminals who try to stay in
the country. we are clamping down on each and every one of them. [applause] we have got to get some sense back into our labor market and it urged people back into work. for years, -- and get british people back into work. for years, to keep unemployment figures down, they have passed to a half million people not officially unemployed but claiming welfare. no questions asked. today, we are asking those questions. it turned out that of the 1.3 million people who have put in a claim for the new benefit in recent years, 1 million are either able to work or stop their claim before the medical assessment had been completed. under labour, they get something for nothing. with us, they will only get
something if they give something. if they are paired to work, we are going to help them. i mean really help them. if you have been out of work for five years, job centers can help with your cv, that is not going to cut it. you have to get to a confidence back. you need training and skills. you need personal support. previous governments were never willing to make a proper commitment, whenever willing to sign the check to get this done. neverland to break the old rules to make it happen. we have. -- never willing to break the old rules to make it happen. we have. we are going to spend up to 14,000 pounds on individual people just to get them trained and back into work. i know that is a lot of money. it is worth it. let it be us, let it be this government, let it be the conservatives that finally build an economy where no one gets
left behind. [applause] and for most people, for most people that means a home of their own. not just any old home, but a decent one. a place with a proper front door, and room for the kids to play in. the percentage of british people that own their own home is going down. unless you get help from your parents, do you know the average age of a first-time buyer in our country today? it is 37. you hear some people say, why can we not be like in europe where everyone runs? there is nothing can do because we do not have the money. i disagree. the failure of the housing market is bound up in the debt crisis. because the lenders will not lend, the builders will not build, and the buyers cannot buy. we are going to sort this out.
we are going to bring back the right to buy your house, we are going to use that money to buy new homes. we are going to take people off of the witness. it was margaret thatcher that gives people the right to buy. let us kumbaya in this generation, inspire a new housing revolution. -- let us, in this generation, inspire a new house in revolution. -- housing revolution. [applause] while i am on this subject, let me say this, i am incredibly fortunate in leading this party that i have had the incredible support from all our previous leaders. michael howard, and lady thatcher. you know what? in this party, we do not do our leaders, we are proud of what
they have done for our party and our country. [applause] thank you. a few months ago, we were all shocked by the scenes in our streets in london and in other parts of the country. perhaps, perhaps the most shocking thing is that people were not that surprised. there was no great call for a public inquiry to find out what had gone wrong. instead, what i think you could hear was the angry insistence, overwhelming the cry of a country shutting to its
leaders, we know. we know why this happened. we know what has gone wrong. we know that if the system keeps fudging the difference between right and wrong we will never improve. as long as the police go around with a hand tied behind their back, we will never make our streets safe. we know that if parents do not meet their responsibilities, their kids will get out of control. what people are saying to us is yes, we know what has gone wrong and we want you to put it right. one of the things that people want is a speedy justice. after the rights, those responsible were put into court and tough sentences were quickly handed out. i have made it clear to the police, the prosecution and services, the ministry of justice, if we can do that, let us do it all the time, you're in, year out. -- year-in, year-out.
[applause] we all know that the problems go deeper. that is why my driving mission in politics is to build that bigger, stronger society. it starts with family. i want to make this the most family-friendly government the country has ever seen. more child care, more health benefits, more relationship support, or help with parenting, and for the families that are the most troubled, and cause the most trouble, a commitment to turn their lives around by the end of this parliament. today, i can announce another new focus. there are 65,000 children in care. do you know how many children there are in care under the age of one? the thousand 660. do you know how many children --
3,360. do you know how many children were adopted? 60. this is the biggest issue for these children. how can we have let this happen? we have got people trying all over the world to adopt babies while the care system at home agonizes about placing black children in white families. with the right values, with the right effort, let us and the scandal and help the most of vulnerable children of all. [applause] for me, leadership on families also been speaking out on merit. marriage is not a piece of paper, it pulls couple together -- couples together.
it says powerful things. we will recognize marriage in the tax system. we are also doing something else. i stood before a conservative conference once and i said it should not matter whether a commitment was between a man and a woman or a man and a man or a woman and a woman. you applauded me. five years on, we are consulting on legalizing gay marriage. to anyone who has reservations, i say this, yes, it is about the quality, but it is also about something else, commitment. conservatives believe in the ties that bind us. society is stronger when we make vows to each other and we support each other. i do not support the marriage, in spite of being a conservative, i support the marriage because i am a conservative. -- gay marriage because i am a
conservative. [applause] we value community spirit and social action too. we see it every day in our own lives and communities. it is one of the great things about britain. over the last five years of labour government, the number of people volunteering went down. last year, the decline was halted. now, the people who feel they belong to their neighborhood is the highest in a beckett. if you are cynical, though a few miles from here. it used to be ravaged by crime and drugs and graffiti. the local people opened a jim, a community hall, they got the people off the street government cannot legislate for this. we can support the leadership that makes it happen. that is why we are given to the
leadership's new powers to take over the running of pubs and parks. we are making it easier to give time and money to good causes. it is why we want elected mayors in our cities and we are drawn up plans to open up our services and give more power to people. one of the biggest things, holding people back from playing its part in a bigger society is health and safety. i was told recently about a school that wanted to buy a set of high like to attend. with the pens, a gh --gihlighter p [ens. -- highlighter pens. with the pens came a warning. make sure you give plenty of fresh air and i protection. this was not have a great nation was built. britain did not rule the waves with her arm bands on.
we are scaling it back. we are putting it back. let us bring some common sense to government. [applause] building stronger communities, that is why we introduced national said in a service. you saw it for yourself at the start of this afternoon's session. one of the people who took part wrote to me and said this. he said that this has changed my perception -- perspective of life. you can do anything if you work hard and have a supportive team around you. you can do anything. that is the spirit i am talking about. that is why we are crippling the scale of the service. that is how we will -- tripling the scale of the service.
that is how we will build our society. next year we will welcome the world for the olympics. these events say a lot about britain, tradition and maternity all in one. today, -- modernity all in one. today, we can get people off of welfare and into work, break new ground in education with excellent for everyone and not a privileged few. we can be a country where people look back and say, i have worked hard, i have raised a family, i am part of a community, and it was worth my while. we are too far from that today, but we can get there. it is not complicated. it is not easy even. nothing worthwhile is easily one. we have been told we were finished before. they told us, we lost an empire, we could not find a role. we found it. we took on communism.
we came back and turn this country into a beacon of enterprise. britain and never had the biggest, the largest land mass, the richest resources, but we had the spirit. it is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog. overcoming a challenge, yes. reinventing ourselves. [applause] that is what we do. it is called leadership. let this time of challenge be turned into a time of opportunity. not sitting around watching things happen and why, but standing up, making things happen, and asking, why not? we have the idea, the people, and a government that is bring those people cannot backing those ideas. let's see an optimistic future. what work together and let's together leave -- lead in
[applause] >> the house of commons reconvenes tomorrow and prime minister's questions returns on wednesday, live on c-span two at 7:00 a.m. eastern. you can also see it next sunday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern and specific here on c-span. next, republican presidential candidate, minnesota britain's that michele bachmann in new hampshire. at 11:00 p.m., q&a with john paul stevens.